Last fall, Shelby (North Carolina) singer/songwriter/guitarist Kim Ware left a big impression with her beautiful Ready LP. She has the best explanation ever for coming up with a successor so quickly: “I liked the idea of having two new albums available at my merch table, one that showed off my full-band, indie-rock side, and the other that showed my more folky, acoustic, coffeehouse/listening room side.” And so we can already enjoy Homely – nine new or re-recorded, more stripped down songs, reflecting how the artist sounds live these days. In my opinion, the originals are all more interesting than the cover of Some Guys Have All the Luck (written by Jeff Fortgang, popularized by The Persuaders in 1973 and by Rod Stewart in 1984). They may not be perfect (Kim’s words), but they are so authentic, heartfelt and pure (my words) that this intimate indie pop gets under your skin. Check the overview of upcoming shows to discover where you can get this one as well as the previous release.
Homely is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Fort Lowell Records. Featuring Noah Zacharin (dobro, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keys), John McNicholas (acoustic guitar), Mark Johnson (slide guitar) and Jonny Daly (pedal steel) on different tracks. The album is not available on the streaming services.